By Abner Galino
A CONTINGENT from the Philippine National Police, particularly from its Police Community Relations Office went to Los Angeles last week (September 21) to drumbeat for their so-called “Global Police Community Relations” program.
The chief of the PNP-PCRO, Chief Supt. Rhodel Sermonia, and his men held a town hall meeting at the Philippine Consulate Office in Los Angeles wherein they explained the details of the said program and at the same time asked for support from the Filipino American community.
“We want to connect to all our kababayans abroad. We want to be able to answer their questions or concerns like about ‘yung anak nila nalulong sa droga at hindi na pumapasok sa klase. Nakulong ‘yung kamag-anak nila at hindi na nila alam kung ano na ang nangyari,” explained Sermonia after a video presentation by his team.
Sermonia said that through the Global PCR website and as well as through other social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook, Filipinos abroad will be able to report crimes from abroad and/or seek assistance from Philippine-based law enforcement.
“We want to be able to address their problems, including emotional problems, in connection with their loved ones that they left in the Philippines,” Sermonia told the Filipino American crowd.
Sermonia also said that among the goals of the Global PCR is to connect with other international law enforcement groups and develop collaborative programs with them in order to help distressed Filipinos overseas.
Consul General Adelio S. Cruz expressed elation over the choice of the PNP-PCRO to hold its first overseas campaign for Global Police Community Relations at the Philippine Consulate’s office in Los Angeles.
“We must take advantage of this opportunity that the PNP is reaching out to each and every kababayan all over the world. Ano man po ang kailangan nilang tulong, kahit nasa Pilipinas po, magagawan nila ng paraan,” Cruz said during a brief speech.
Cruz added that he wants the Philippine Consulate General office in Los Angeles to be the first consular post to register with the Global Police Community Relations website.
In a booklet distributed during the town hall meeting, the Philippine government agencies on board with the Global PCR were listed as; the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the Department of the Interior and Local Governments (DILG), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Tourism (DoT), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).
The Global PCR is a social media platform that overseas Filipinos/overseas Filipino workers (OFs/OFWs) can use for free if they want “fully interactive websites or portals.”
These portals are networked together and linked to the Global PCR (http://globalpcr.hubhuman.org) and such will allow open communications between the Global PCR and the OF/OFW groups around the world through email, social media and mobile applications for text messaging.
The network would also allow individuals to create their own online and/or offline events which could range from conferences, to sports events and other social activities.
Members of the site would have the ability to create unlimited number of “fully branded interactive websites and pages for their business and personal pursuits.”